The only term I hate more than the term "Mommy Blogger" is "Woman Blogger" - it's not that I don't...
The only term I hate more than the term "Mommy Blogger" is "Woman Blogger" - it's not that I don't adore mamas or women, it's just that everyone seems to use the terms in this context... "I just love that mommy blogger" or, "Can you believe it, she's such a good woman blogger." As if girls can't simply be, "Good bloggers" - nope they have to divide the genders. Everyone acts so shocked when females blog. Get over it right? Anyhow but I seriously digress. This is about all those parenting and baby blogs you follow and to keep it simple, I'm calling us mama bloggers (even though the term irks me). Now all that said, can you trust mama bloggers? Opinion mama blogs - opinion blogs are where mamas relate their own personal experiences and usually toss in advice, tips, and sometimes product recommendations. Can you trust them? I do, but with a grain of salt. I consider that reading a personal mama blog is like talking to a pal. I take some advice and leave what doesn't work for me. Health minded / newsy mama blogs - health minded blogs or mama blogs that deliver the news often. Sometimes these blogs offer personal experiences as well. Can you trust them? If you read blogs for health or news information you should see one of two things - either an actual health care professional is writing the blog or you should see links to more information. For example here at Pregnancy & Baby, I could say, "Talking helps cure postpartum depression!" Wow, really - but can you trust my statement? It looks much better when I say, "Last year, a British Medical Journal study noted that talking can help prevent postpartum depression." If you're going to believe health information given out by a mama blogger make sure there's a link or note to a study, more info, or see if that mama blogger is also a health care professional such as a nurse or doctor. Regardless of anything, blog advice is not a good substitute for talking with your own doctor or your baby's pediatrician if you have a serious health concern. Baby and mama product reviews at blogs - product reviews are great because they give you a heads up about what other people think about products. Can you trust them? It really depends. For one thing many bloggers get free goodies all the time. I've read blogs where I can tell the blogger got free goods and thus gave something a great review. Other bloggers are paid to write favorable reviews. How can you trust reviews then? Well, look for a disclaimer. For example, I post a product review disclaimer at my own blog stating that yes, I do sometimes get gear for free, but I also note that I do not base my reviews on free goods. I have strict criteria in place for all product reviews. You should see a disclaimer and you should also watch out for blogs where ONLY good reviews are posted. That's a major red flag to me, because frankly, not all products are perfect. If you want to find good baby gear make sure the reviews list both pros and cons and do yourself a favor and read more than one review - for example look at more than one blog if you're researching baby carriers. That said, you can trust the reviews here because I'm not interested in selling you on bunk products. If you want to read some good past baby product reviews check out...

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